2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
The Boston Marathon explosion, which has been described like “a war zone” by the media, continues to weigh on the minds of Americans as officials search for answers. Last night, late night show hosts faced the unenviable challenge of attempting to distract Americans from the tragedy while still remaining sensitive to the horrific events that transpired only hours earlier.
Conan O’Brien, who is from Boston, reacted to the news by expressing his heartfelt concern, saying, “Boston’s my hometown. It’s where I grew up. It’s where my family lives.”
“Late Late Show” host Craig Ferguson delivered an emotional rant at the opening of his show, saying, “Is anybody else sick of this [bleep]? I seem to have to say that too often.”
Jimmy Kimmel also addressed the tragedy with a touch of self-deprecating humor: “It’s a disgusting thing, I don’t understand it, but my job is to make you laugh and so I will try to make you do that. I will probably fail. I am failing already.”
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Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.